Monday, March 31, 2014

Where Courage Calls (A When Calls the Heart novel) {book review}

Disclosure:  A copy of Where Courage Calls was provided to me at no cost to me, via Bethany House (Baker Publishing).  Though the book was provided at no cost for the purpose of facilitating this book review of Where Courage Calls, the opinions are 100% my own.  I was not compensated at all for posting this review, nor the mini-review I posted on the Barnes and Noble website.

As a huge fan of historical fiction, I appreciate a good, clean romance that focuses more on courtship than bodice-ripping lust (though I might occasionally find myself reading one of those, too.)  I saw previews of the new show on Hallmark, When Calls the Heart, and dutifully got all five books from the library.  Funny thing is... the TV show focuses on a different Elizabeth Thatcher than the one in the original When Calls the Heart series by Janette Oke. 

Don't fret, though!  It's a nice companion to the original book series.  I connected with this Elizabeth Thatcher just as well as to the other one.  Both are strong women from privileged backgrounds who venture west to teach.  A huge risk, especially 100 years ago when the story takes place.

Where Courage Calls finds Elizabeth falling in love with a mountie while teaching in a coal town that lost a good number of their men in a mining accident.  Though she was not there during the time of the accident, she nonetheless grieves with the women and children and helps them to find hope in the future, and hope for her own as well as she must decide to stay on in Coal Valley or go back home at the end of the school year.

Overall, I really liked the romance story presented.  There was a lot of character development of the townsfolk and the storyline flowed well and to a satisfactory conclusion.

Where Courage Calls is available now and is a rather nice companion to the TV show.  You won't see a lot of agreement in the storylines, but you can easily see Erin Krakow as Elizabeth Thatcher in the novel, making it feel like this book is just as exciting as a few episodes of the TV show.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Buy a Kindle via five monthly installments
New:  Amazon is now offering customers the option to purchase a Kindle e-reader on the installment plan, provided you have a credit card attached to your Amazon account.

Buy a Kindle in installments -- such as the Kindle Fire HD for 5 installments of $27.80 or the most basic Kindle e-reader for just $13.80 per month.

How it works:

Once you accept the offer (limit 1 device for the offer), you'll be billed in five installments.  The first one, due when you order, is 20% of the purchase price, plus applicable taxes and/or shipping charges.  The next installment will be billed to the credit card you used 30 days thereafter, and so on until four months after purchase (120 days) the final payment is billed to your credit card.

Be sure to read the full terms of service, available by clicking the hyperlink above.  I do note you can prepay the whole balance if you wish during the term, but it has to be the whole balance.  So you wouldn't be able to double up on payments and be done in two months instead of four.

What do you think?  Do you like the ability to pay for a Kindle by installments?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Toaster Strudel SMPs: Free coupon for Heat 'n Go Mini pancakes inside!

Last week at Walmart I spotted some Toaster Strudel specially marked packages that have a free coupon for Heat 'n Go Mini Pancakes inside.  It's printed on the inside of the package, so you'll have to wait to finish the box before you can retrieve it.  My coupon is good through 9/15/2014 and is good up to $1.18. 

Toaster Strudel was $2 a box at my local Walmart.  I believe there are some Sunday paper coupons out now for .50/2 or .35/1, depending on your inserts.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Coke and the Olympics: 10 points for tweeting

Get 10 easy MCR points added to your account just for tweeting. Tweet to have 10 points added to your account within 48 hours.  Limit 1.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Sam's Club free screening on 2/8 (11a-3p)

February's free screening at Sam's Club will focus on heart health.  The screening, available from 11 AM - 3 PM will include (tests may vary according to location):

Vision screening
HDL and total cholesterol
Blood Pressure

Be sure to take advantage of any free screenings you can get and get a copy of the results to share with your doctor.  It may save you money later since they won't have to re-do some testing if they can use your free results.

Double Points for Minute Maid juices at My Coke Rewards

Get double points through 3/14 by entering Minute Maid caps at My Coke Rewards.   The video for Boys and Girls Club is still available to share for 10 MCR points if you haven't already.  It can take up to 72 hours for your points to show.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

SodaStream deal: $10 Amazon promotional credit with purchase at Amazon

There is a special offer now through 2/2 (hurry!) if you're in the market for a SodaStream soda machine.  Purchase a SodaStream at Amazon and you'll get a $10 promotional credit to spend later.   You should receive an email within two days of shipping that confirms your credit, which won't expire until 2/1/2015, so lots of time to use it.

Cheapest model available at $79, also comes in Cherry Red.

This model is $99.

Be sure to only order via Amazon and not through a 3rd party to qualify for this special promo.

Disclosure:  I am an Amazon Affiliate, which means I may receive a commission should you shop through Amazon links originating from my blog, Facebook, or Twitter. 

 SodaStream Special Offer at Amazon

Double points on Coke, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero 12-pack 10 point codes

Don't miss out on easy points by forgetting to log in and enter your 10 point codes from Coke, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero.  The double point offer is only good through 2/3.

After that, Kroger shoppers can get bonus points with three 12-pack codes entered in one session if they live in specific states.  The fine print states:

"All 12-pack codes must be entered during same login session to recieve bonus points. Limit one set of bonus points per login session. Limit three sets of bonus points during lifetime of promotion. Offer ends 3/9. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of AK. AL. AR. AZ. CA. CO. D.C. GA. ID. IL. IN. KS. KY. LA. MI. MS. MO. MT. NC. NM. NV. OH. OR. SC. TN. TX. UT. VA. WA. WV. AND WY."

See My Coke Rewards site for more details.  There is also an instant win game for those states specified above.  Win a 20 oz Coke coupon, fulfilled digitally and that must be used in conjunction with a Kroger card.  There will be 5,000 winners for this game that began 1/27 and runs through 3/9.  One prize per person, and you can play up to 5 times per day on the free entry option by clicking the link provided in the rules of the game.  Go here to learn more!

10 Easy @mycokerewards points! Just share a video....

Want to support a good cause and earn 10 easy My Coke Rewards points?  Just log in at My Coke Rewards and share the Boys & Girls Club of America video using the share button, which tweets the link with hashtag on Twitter.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mueller's Pot-Sized Spaghetti pasta for 24 cents at Food Lion (blinkie)

Food Lion shoppers:  Check your local Food Lion for a blinky machine near the Mueller's Pasta.  Mine had a .75/1 Mueller's Pot-Sized Pasta blinky machine on the shelf, making this an awesome find that is worth the trip down the pasta aisle.  These are on sale this week for .99 (my store only had the spaghetti), making them just 24 cents each after coupon.

This is a great price to stock up and/or would be great to grab for donating to your local food bank.